BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Assassinated in Afghanistan. The Maryland National Guard confirms a high-ranking Baltimore soldier was one of two men killed inside a secure government building in Afghanistan.

Derek Valcourt has reaction from those who knew the fallen hero.

The soldier’s remains are scheduled to arrive to Dover Air Force base Monday night.

It’s a heartbreaking homecoming for the family he left behind.

Maj. Robert Marchanti, 48, worked as an adviser and mentor helping to train Afghan police.

But military officials say this weekend one of those Afghan policemen assassinated Marchanti and another U.S. officer inside the highly secured interior ministry building in Kabul.

That attack was suspected payback for the burning of the Quran by American troops at a U.S. air base last Monday.

“My dad was, he was a good man,” said Aaron Marchanti, the fallen soldier’s son.

The news is devastating to Marchanti’s wife and four children, who live in Baltimore.

“He’s always said take care of mommy,” said Leah Marchanti, victim’s daughter.

“He said ‘Take care of my sweetheart if anything every happens to me,’ and that’s what we’re going to do,” Aaron Marchanti added.

Before taking full-time work with the National Guard in 2008, Marchanti spent years as a physical education teacher for several Baltimore County schools.

Facebook condolence messages are pouring in from the students he taught over the years.

His last teaching job was at Carney Elementary, where staff remember him well.

“He was the kind of guy who came into the room and calmed it down,” said Melissa Warminski, Carney Elementary teacher.

“When he got his job with the Army he said he had two passions in life. One was working with kids. The other was being a soldier, and he was so fortunate he got to do both,” said Bill Adey, Carney Elementary teacher.

The death is also painful to Marchanti’s friends at Maryland National Guard Armory.

“He was a gentle giant. He was unimposing,” said Lt. Col. Charlie Kohler, Maryland National Guard.

He is the 12th Maryland guardsman to lose his life in the global war on terror.

“It’s really touching to see how many people’s lives he did touch,” Kohler said.

Maj. Marchanti’s killer is still at large in Afghanistan. Authorities there say they know who he is and are conducting a search to find him.

Since Marchanti’s murder, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has withdrawn all military advisers from the Afghan ministry buildings.

Comments (5)
  1. Bring our Guys Home says:

    Mr President…..would you be willing to sacrifice your son to some far away country that doesnt want us there….bring our boy’s home but not in a body bag!

  2. Jesus says:

    This is what 10 years of “progress” looks like.

  3. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    There is evidence that several corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, even without the supporting evidence of bribery this makes sense.
    If FBI and DEA employees where less concerned with enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes and more concerened with doing their jobs, 911 may never have happened.

  4. Dave says:

    get out of there! they’ll kill us over a book but theyre not radical? theyre not violent? let do it on their own! they dont deserve our help!

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